Yarner Wood Templer Way Walk, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Yarner Wood Templer Way Walk, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Yarner Wood is part of the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve. The Templer Way is a long distance footpath running between Dartmoor and the South Devon coast following, as far as possible, the route of the old granite railway. This walk takes in some of the best sections of the wood and railway.

Start from the car parking area at the National Nature Reserve office just off the Bovey Tracey to Manaton road. From the bird hide, watch birds feed at the stew pond. Next, follow the path that runs south east around the pond to the large beach trees that line the forestry road. Walk up the forestry road to the Yarner Valley bird hide. Again, take time to watch birds feed. The far valley wall towers above you and is particularly impressive in autumn.

Continue on the road until you see the wood building, or Woodland Centre, in the clearing. Cross the Bovey Tracey Pottery Leat and then wander around to the remains of Yarrow Mine. From there, continue on up the forestry road. At the crossroad, turn east, or left, and then south as it climbs through the woods to connect with the Templer Way. You'll see the distinctive orange markers of the Templer Way.

Walk the Templer Way past a viewing point to a bend near the edge of the wood where the granite railway is particularly impressive. You'll come to a gate that exits the wood. Turn north west, or left, down a track to connect with another forestry road. Follow this back to Yarrrow Mine. Retrace your steps to the National Nature Reserve office.

It's a short walk. With stops, it takes about an hour.